Women and girls have a right to feel safe at home, in public and online.
Working with partners including those in criminal justice, charities, service providers, local authorities, and businesses, we will identify and understand the risks and use our collective powers and influence to make each setting a safer place to be.
We will ensure that at the most local level our neighbourhood teams understand their role in preventing Violence Against Woman and Girls (VAWG) offences, and monitoring offences and offenders so their patch is as safe as possible.
We will also set clear expectation for local police to engage with their communities, partners, and charities so they can work together on a collaborative local approach to protecting women and girls.
In public spaces, we will use a mix of proactive patrols, which involve targeting areas of our city where women report feeling unsafe to deter crime and provide reassurance. We will react quickly to reports to prevent crime and so we have the best chance of catch perpetrators.
Project Vigilant will continue to use plain-clothes officers to identify predatory men so their uniform colleagues can step in to prevent offences happening but it will happen in more places, more often. Operation Verone tactics will use overt officers to deter offences in VAWG hotspots.
We will help ensure that women who feel threatened have ways to seek safety through schemes like Ask for Angela. Operation Makesafe will help broaden the understanding of VAWG and child exploitation in schools, businesses and across society so people can spot the signs and take action.
And we will use data to identify those areas in the night-time economy where violence against women and girls is most prevalent, and at events like music festivals, so we can target prevention and enforcement in the right place.
Private places and online
In private places and online, we will support victims, pursue offenders and work with criminal justice partners to reduce offending and re-offending.
The Met is one of the first forces to be selected to operate the Domestic Abuse Protection Orders (DAPOs) which seek to provide victims with more flexible and longer-term protection from abuse. We will work with our partners to enforce these orders and deal robustly with men who are in breach of them. We will continue to use stalking protection orders and domestic violence prevention orders and notices to protest women and girls.
We will continue to use various ways to warn the public of the risks from predators and stalkers online at the same time as improving our frontline officer’s capabilities to capture digital forensic evidence and investigate online offences.